As she closes in on the opportunity for another couple of state track titles, Grandview’s Anglerne Annelus is turning to teammate Ashanti Hutton for inspiration.
Annelus won both the 100- and 200-meter dash events at the Class 3 Sectional 4 meet at Excelsior Springs High School on Saturday to qualify for state, and Hutton was right behind her. She won a title of her own in the 400 meter dash.
“It gives me more of a competitive drive because she is a very strong competitor, so you can never take it easy when we’re on the track,” Annelus said.
Annelus, who is the defending state champion in her events, won the 100 in 12.36 seconds and the 200 in 24.92 seconds. Hutton came in second at 12.42 and 25.51 in the two events and won the 400 in 55.51 seconds.
The Grandview girls also took home sectional titles in the 400-meter relay, 800-meter relay and 1,600-meter relay.
Oak Park gets big kick
When Oak Park’s Will Henry took over for the last leg of the boys 3,200-meter relay, all he wanted was to help the team place in the top four, which would qualify them for the Class 4 state meet.
He did that and more, passing four other runners to help win the relay in 7 minutes, 59.28 seconds.
“I told myself before I got the baton that I would catch the fourth-place guy, and by catching the fourth-place guy I got the rest of them and figured, ‘You might as well go for it Will,’ ” Henry said.
Henry said that over the past two weeks, the group shaved nearly 30 seconds off its time.
Although Giggy Reardon of St. Teresa’s Academy placed fourth in the Class 4 girls triple jump, her state big may have been the sweetest.
“I ran the 100 hurdles right before and I fell down and I have marks all down the left side of my body so that was kind of my redemption,” Reardon said.
Reardon’s longest jump of the day was 37 feet, 1.75 inches, which broke her own school record of 35-7.5 that she set last week. Truman’s Alexis Hart won the event with a jump of 39-3, Lee’s Summit West’s Jamie Newsome placed second and Esther Loukawila of Winnetonka finished third.
Even though they were competing in the shot put, Pleasant Hill’s Logan Blomquist and John Barry have stuck together this season, so it was only fitting that they qualified for state together as well.
“It always gives you somebody to talk to and compete with,” Berry said. “We strive to push each other farther in our events, so it’s nice to have somebody like that around.”
Blomquist won Class 3 discus with a throw of 164-10 and Berry earned his third state meet bid with a throw of 54 feet in the shot put.
Blue Springs junior Khalil and Carlos Davis continued their dominance of the Class 4 boys discus, finishing first and second with throws of 196-8 and 194-7 respectively. Avery Carter of Lee’s Summit West won the shot put with Carlos taking second and Khalil taking third.
Fort Osage’s Asia Cole continued her run for a third straight state championship in the shot put with a winning mark of 45-2.5 at the Class 4 sectional meet. She also won discus with a throw of 146-4.
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